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Geoffrey Douglas (book)
Angelo Pizzo (written by)
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22 April 2005 (USA) See more »
The match against England in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 19, 1950 was "the game of their lives". See more »
Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 US soccer team who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no US team has ever won a World Cup title, this story is about the family traditions and passions which shaped the lives of the players who made up this team of underdogs. | Add synopsis »
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Gerard Butler ... Frank Borghi

Wes Bentley ... Walter Bahr

Jay Rodan ... Frank 'Pee Wee' Wallace

Gavin Rossdale ... Stanley Mortensen

Costas Mandylor ... Charlie 'Gloves' Columbo

Louis Mandylor ... Gino Pariani

Zachery Ty Bryan ... Harry Keough (as Zachery Bryan)

Jimmy Jean-Louis ... Joe Gaetjens

Richard Jenik ... Joe Maca
Nelson Vargas ... John 'Clarkie' Souza
Craig Hawksley ... Walter Giesler

Bill Smitrovich ... Admiral Higgins

Patrick Stewart ... Older Dent McSkimming

Terry Kinney ... Dent McSkimming

John Rhys-Davies ... Bill Jeffrey (as John Rhys Davies)

Maria Bertrand ... Rosemary Borghi
Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Fara Borghi
Thomas Charles Simmons ... Joe Calcaterra (as Thomas C. Simmons)
Julie Granata ... Janet Capiello

Mike Bacarella ... Silvio Capiello
Tia Marrie ... Alma Flores (as Tia Marie)
Ricardo Gutierrez ... Salvador Flores

Mike Nussbaum ... Johnny Abruzzo
Brooke Edwards ... Fiora Abruzzo
Nino Da Silva ... Eddie Sousa
John Harkes ... Ed McIlvenny
Sal E. Polizzi ... The Priest (as Rev. Msgr. Sal E. Polizzi)
Adriana Fazio ... The Widow

Deborah Corday ... Woman
S.G. Stratigos ... Referee (Simpkins)

Tom Brainard ... Lieutenant Austin
Gus V. Torregrossa ... The Barber of the Hill

Joe Erker ... "Chubby" Lyons
Derk Droze ... Bobby Annis
Brad Coburn ... Bobby Ravisi
Amanda Kennedy ... Adriana Ravisi
Tim Vickery ... BBC Announcer World Cup Game
Darren Michael Marold ... Simpkins Player
Whitney Wheelock ... Goalie
Sean Wheelock ... Sportscaster
Walter Bahr ... Himself
Frank Borghi ... Himself
Harry Keough ... Himself
Gino Pariani ... Himself
John Souza ... Himself (as John 'Clarkie' Souza)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jaxon Stanford ... NY Press Photographer

Stephen Alexander ... Sideline Cameraman (uncredited)

James E. Ash ... All-Star Game Head Referee (uncredited)

Patrick Belics ... Grocery Delivery Boy (uncredited)

Vanna Bonta ... Italian Bride (uncredited)
Ian Carrington ... English Coach (uncredited)

Shawn I. Chevalier ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Bryan Deehring ... Soccer Player #1 (uncredited)
Kenn Drescher ... Reporter (uncredited)

Pamela Fischer ... Woman in Press Box (uncredited)

Rosemary Garris ... Fan (uncredited)
Todd Gwin ... Intense Fan (uncredited)

Rick Kain ... Referee (uncredited)
Paul Lancia ... Simpkins #11 (uncredited)

Brenna McDonough ... Woman in Press Box (uncredited)
Rob Miley ... Simpkins #14 (uncredited)
Alex Moore ... Sports Reporter (uncredited)
Sarah Maria Newman ... Wedding Singer (uncredited)
Candace Nicol ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Paul M. Nolan ... Score Keeper Assistant (uncredited)

Chelsea O'Toole ... Soccer Fan (uncredited)

Eddie Perino ... Supporting (uncredited)
Patrick Rooney ... Jeremy Wellfleet (uncredited)

Riley Schmidt ... Simpkins Ford Soccer Player (uncredited)
Dave Schuetz ... Spectator at the Fence (uncredited)

Gary Sedlock ... St. Louis Spectator Behind Coaches / Spectator in New York (uncredited)

Deborah S. Smith ... Soccer Player Wife (uncredited)

Tymica Spiller ... Spectator (uncredited)

Towanda Underdue ... Soccer Player Wife (uncredited)

Jani Vorwerk ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
David Anspaugh 
Writing credits
Geoffrey Douglas (book)

Angelo Pizzo (written by)

Produced by
Howard Baldwin .... producer
Karen Elise Baldwin .... producer (as Karen Baldwin)
Ira Deutchman .... co-producer
Tereza Gonzalez .... executive producer
Olivia Guimaraes .... line producer: Brazil (as Olívia Guimarães Castro)
Kevin Halloran .... line producer: Washington, D.C.
Billy Higgins .... line producer
William J. Immerman .... executive producer
Greg Johnson .... producer
Nick Morton .... co-producer
Peter Newman .... producer
Ginger T. Perkins .... producer
Angelo Pizzo .... co-producer
Original Music by
William Ross 
Cinematography by
Johnny E. Jensen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ian Crafford 
Lee Grubin 
Bud S. Smith  (as Bud Smith)
M. Scott Smith  (as Scott Smith)
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich  (as Cathy Sandrich Gelfond)
Production Design by
Linda Burton 
Art Direction by
Michael Atwell 
Set Decoration by
David Smith 
Costume Design by
Jane Anderson 
Makeup Department
Sherri Bramlett .... key hair stylist: Washington, D.C.
Deborah K. Dee .... key makeup artist (as Deborah Dee)
Barbara Lacy .... makeup dept head: D.C.
Maria Lucia Mattos .... hair stylist: Brazil (as Maria Lúcia Mattos)
Vicky Phillips .... key hair stylist
Vavá Torres .... makeup artist: Brazil
Adruitha Lee .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Theresa Miller .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Eileen Sazama .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Billy Higgins .... unit production manager
Anne Johns .... production supervisor: Brazil
Lisa Dennis Kennedy .... post-production supervisor
Joel C. Peterson .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Ferro .... first assistant director: Washington D.C.
Anne Pinheiro Guimarães .... first assistant director
Stephanie Lovell .... second second assistant director: Washington, DC
Tatiana Maciel .... second second assistant director
Bradley Morris .... second second assistant director
Barbara M. Ravis .... second assistant director
Rafael Salgado .... second assistant director
Stacy Schrader .... dga trainee
Gigi Soares .... second assistant director
Chris Stoia .... first assistant director
Kurt Uebersax .... second assistant director: Washington DC
Art Department
Chris Benson .... on-set dresser
Cat Cacciatore .... property assistant
Mike Carrillo .... property master
Benjamin Edelberg .... set designer
Daniel Flaksman .... stand-by art director
Greg Goad .... set dresser
Isabel Gouvêa .... art producer
Amy Graham .... set dresser
Juliana Guedes .... art department assistant
Emily Haack .... on-set props assistant
Daniel Hirsh .... art department intern
Brent Jaimes .... set dresser
Scott Jenkins .... graphic artist
Bobby Kirk .... set dresser
Paul Knubley .... set dresser
Oswaldo Lioi .... set designer
Tiago Marques Teixeira .... assistant set designer
David McCahan .... swing gang
Scot Terry .... conceptual artist
William Tonn .... set dresser
Jim Tudor .... set dresser
Pedro von Tiesenhausen .... assistant property master
Michele Waldfogel .... art department coordinator: St Louis
Michele Waldfogel .... clearance and research
Clark Woodman .... assistant property master
Kelsey Lapoint .... on-set painter (uncredited)
Renata Otomura .... assistant art department coordinator (uncredited)
Chris Shader .... on-set props assistant (uncredited)
David Tennenbaum .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Chock .... supervising sound editor
Robert Eber .... production sound mixer (as Bob Eber)
Avram D. Gold .... dialog & adr editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist
Robert Morrisey .... assistant sound editors
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Rob Nokes .... additional sound recordist
Rob Nokes .... voiceover recordist
Ralph Osborn .... adr editor
Erin Michael Rettig .... sound engineer
Kira Roessler .... adr supervisor
Nick Shaffer .... sound effects recordist
Andy Sisul .... assistant sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
David Williams .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Mauricio Couto Bevilaqua .... special effects technician
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator
Dave Rutherford .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Brian Corpus .... technical operations manager: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title
Nicky Ladas .... IT manager
Nicky Ladas .... film scanner operator
Kim Pearce .... senior systems administrator
Sérgio Schmid .... visual effects supervisor
David Stump .... visual effects supervisor
James D. Tittle .... visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
Bob Wiatr .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolas Amato .... electrician
Bill Brao .... camera operator
Toti Cardoso .... electrician
Thomas S. Ciciura .... assistant camera: St. Louis
Jason Cleaveland .... grip
Dan Gartner .... rigging electrician
Lonnie S. Gatlin .... best boy electric
Lonnie S. Gatlin .... rigging gaffer
James Goldman .... film loader
Ted Gregg .... electrician
Ted Gregg .... grip
Tim Hawn .... rigging grip
Marty Hechinger .... electrician
Tim Hennessy .... camera loader: Washington D.C.
Scott Inge .... first assistant camera: "b" camera: Washington D.C.
John Johnson .... still photographer
Bob E. Krattiger .... gaffer
Dave Kube .... rigging electrician
Trevor Loomis .... key first assistant camera
Ulisses Malta Jr. .... electrician
David L. Merrill .... key grip
Charles 'Chaz' Norcross .... best boy grip
Alexandre Ramos .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Adam Reisz .... grip
Eric Ritter .... gang boss
Scott Ronnow .... second assistant camera
Martina Rupp .... second assistant camera
David D. Scott .... video engineer
John Sennott .... electrician
Paulo Souza .... gaffer
Jack Thomas .... gang boss
Gisele Tolomelli .... grip translator
Jerry Wheat .... electrician
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip
Matt Zschoche .... electrician
Aaron Judlowe .... electrician (uncredited)
R. Samul .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... additional casting: Chicago
Ruy Brito .... additional casting: Brazil
Sig De Miguel .... casting associate: US
Carrie Houk .... additional casting: St. Louis (as Carrie Houck)
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... voice casting (as Caitlin McKenna)
Olivia Rabacov .... additional casting: Brazil
Mônica Teixeira .... additional casting: Brazil (as Monica Teixeira)
Wendy Weidman .... casting associate: US
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Cusumano .... production assistant: costumes, St. Louis
Deb Dalton .... costume supervisor: Washington D.C.
Erin Haigh .... costume department intern
Jennifer Losi .... costume production assistant
Elaine McGhee .... set costumer
Robin Roberts .... key costumer
Roric Ruegsegger .... costume assistant
Michael A. Russell .... costume supervisor
Cricket Vandover .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jason Bretz .... assistant editor
Anthony Durazzo .... assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Mike Sowa .... digital color timer
Jeff Williams .... assistant editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruce Babcock .... orchestrator
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
Lindsay Fellows .... music supervisor
Mark Graham .... music librarian
Jim Harrison .... music editor
Lesley Langs .... music editor: temp
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
Christopher S. Parker .... music supervisor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Transportation Department
Dan 'the Mayor' Cowden .... transportation
Glenn Korbesmeyer .... driver: transportation department
Tom Phillips .... transportation operations
Other crew
Julia Berreto Kos .... assistant: David Anspaugh, Brazil
Kristine Bochum .... second assistant accountant: post-production
Rebecca Bossen .... dialect coach
Tom Brainard .... soccer player coordinator
Ilana Brakarz .... production assistant
Trisha Burton .... script supervisor
Clara Cardoso .... production intern
Caryn Cheever .... co-first assistant accountant
Tony Cypres .... assistant accountant: Rio de Janeiro
Neil Daly .... athletic instructor
Cris De Arce .... set key production assistant
Larry Donahue .... caterer
Cindy Duarte .... location assistant
Missy Eustermann .... post-production accountant
Gino Falla .... assistant accountant
Stuart Fink .... publicist
Patrick Fisher .... production assistant
Scott Foster .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Michael Frisella .... production assistant
Kenny Gallagher .... second assistant accountant
Raul Guterres .... production executive
John Harkes .... additional soccer consultant and coach
Amy Hartweger .... production assistant
Keith Hueffmeier .... location department intern
Anne Johns .... production coordinator: St. Louis, MO
C. David Jones .... key set production assistant
Ricardo Karam .... production assistant
Daniel V. Kinkade .... location manager
Drew Langer .... production assistant
Rick Larsen .... soccer trainer
Heather Midgley .... assistant: David Anspaugh, USA
Tom Nicoll .... production assistant
Tony Niknejadi .... production assistant
Matthew Dillon Noonan .... location assistant
Rosemary Orlando .... assistant production coordinator
Bill Parmentier .... location assistant
Patrick Tendai Pfupajena .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Stephanie Raven .... massage therapist
Vicki Dee Rock .... production executive
Bryan Schmidt .... production assistant: locations
Anne Scott .... first assistant accountant
Andrew J. Stratmann .... production assistant
Steve Theiss .... office production assistant
Lynda Van Damm .... production controller
Drew Vandervelde .... production coordinator: Washington D.C.
Matthew Vitel .... cook
Johnny Weeston .... accounting assistant
Eric Wynalda .... soccer consultant and coach
Jonathan Zurer .... producer: Washington D.C.
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Miracle Match" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Initially David Anspaugh rejected the film as he didn't believe he could make it on such a low budget. His friend and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo persuaded him to change his mind under the pretext that more money would become available. (It didn't.)See more »
Factual errors: When the team arrives in Brazil, the game against England is constantly referred to as the team's opening game. However, in the 1950 World Cup the United States' first game was against Spain on June 25th. The game against England was played on June 29th and was the second game for the Americans.See more »
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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Fun (Especially for St. Louisans), 22 April 2005
Author: abby621 from St. Louis

My soccer team and our coach (all St. Louis Public High people) decided to go see Game of Their Lives today, opening day. We went to the Chase, one of the three theaters in the area where the movie was playing. We were hyped no matter what - It was the weekend and we were a bunch of teenage girls going to go see a movie. None of us actually expected a great movie though. We were happily surprised though.

The movie started off introducing the tale - the who, what, where, when, and whys of it all. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalist, Dent McSkimming, retells this information and relays us back to 1950. We are introduced to the St. Louis members of the team in a rather amusing manner, in which the team gathers from such venues as a funeral... They gather down at the Hill (where a good deal of the film was filmed), and play a game. For soccer fans, these scenes are really fun to watch, and wonder how the scenes must have been choreographed. It really is amazing.

In addition to the St. Louis members, there are East Coasters who join the team. The team ends up being rather segregated between the two groups. The teams are brought together by the leaders from each side, Walter Bahr (the amazing Wes Bentley) and Frank Borghi (the equally amazing Gerard Butler). The two have a great on screen chemistry, especially when they go to recruit Joe Gatjaens (played by Jimmy Jean-Louis).

The whole cast is amazing, but none more so than the three fore-mentioned actors who really truly seemed to become the soccer player they were portraying. It was a lot of fun to cheer with the rest of the theater every time Frank (Mr. Butler) stops the ball, or when Joe (Mr. Jean- Lewis) scores the game winning goal against the Brits. Jay Rodan is also particularly amusing as "Pee-Wee" Wallace. It's hard not to like the characters you're supposed to like (and equally as hard not to dislike the ones you're supposed to dislike, such as Gavin Rossdale as Stanley Mortensen).

It was also fun to sit in a theater filled with people who were actually in the movie. The Chase was packed with extras who were eager to cheer out every time they were on screen. The man sitting next to our coach plays the barber in the very beginning of the film and told us to cheer for him when he came on. So of course we did. Then, as soon as his part was over, he stood up and said 'All right, that's it for me' and left. It was absolutely hilarious. The man in front of us had pictures of him and Gerard Butler at the Premier, which was held in St. Louis. This film has been something that has united St. Louisans, and anyone from the city should go see it. It is an amazing deal of fun to see the little car place across from Adrianna's (home of the best sandwich in the city) and the field up at Soldan High, or the Bocce field on the Hill. It shows the real St. Louis.

All in all, this was an amazing movie that everyone should see, especially those from St. Louis and those who have ever played or watched soccer. It's a great story no matter what. And the film isn't too long either... So if you don't like it - well, you don't have to sit through it for too long (now that's what I call logic).

9/10 stars (I just can't call it perfect... Awfully close though.)

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